In 2006, the staff at Ms Nails began decorating nails with brightly-colored polish. Since then, they've moved to a downtown Valparaiso location, expanded their team of nail techs to include a massage therapist, started to provide hair services, and built upon their service menu to incorporate CND shellac manicures, facials, and massages. One can only assume that their continued growth will manifest itself in the hiring of a mascot shaped like a giant nail file, though these rumors have no basis in reality.
Amidst the muted tones and hardwood floors of TRU Salon – Spa, a wall of rainbow-hued bottles stands out. Their contents range from Redken products, such as Curvaceous formulae for curly hair and Clean Brew extra-cleansing shampoo to Pureology creams. The salon’s team, filled with stylists certified in these brands, use them to augment face-flattering cuts, or finish tresses freshly painted with highlights.
The team can beautify more than hair, however. Their facials combat everything from acne to aging, and their PCA skin treatments can smooth wrinkles, even out skin tone, and fight sun damage more effectively than wearing sunglasses on your arms and legs. Polishes from OPI and Creative Nail Design, meanwhile, power manicures and pedicures, and their permanent makeup applications streamline morning routines.
Emblazon Salon specializes in modern cuts and complexion-complementing highlights for head gardens of all shapes and sizes. Haircut seekers can select the hair sculptor of their choice, with prices reflecting the stylist's experience and Edward Scissorhands trivia knowledge. A complimentary consultation kicks off each haircut ($34+) before the modish stylist clips, snips, and styles follicles to the desired shape. Gray strands, dull locks, and garden gnomes can disappear beneath layers of expertly applied glossy highlights ($29+), and conjoined eyebrows can find independence with artfully arched ocular awning waxes ($13). The salon soothes scraggy digits with express manicures ($20) and moisturizing paraffin dips ($8) that leave hands softer than a baby's kneepit. Emblazon holds regular salon events, so check the schedule for fun ways to celebrate a good hair day.
Boulangers’s professional scissor wielders lop long locks and trim facial growth with all the trappings of barbershop tradition. Part ways with split ends with a men's haircut, which includes a hot-lather shave for the neck and sideburns (a $16 value). Although it is not included in the value of this Groupon, men can continue 360-degree facial freshening by opting to add a facial trim ($5 for beard and mustache, $2 for mustache only).
Stylist Tiffany Burket helps clients break away from stale style routines and step out into the world with fresh new looks. Under her guidance, Redken and ombre color treatments ignite downtrodden 'dos, while flat locks discover new dimensions thanks to vibrant highlights that are applied while the salon chair spins at light speed. In addition to her professional cut, color, and texturizing services, Tiffany also tends to beauty below the shoulders by waxing away unwanted hair and cleaning up nails with mani-pedis or simple polish swaps.
Kathy Wise, A You'Nique Image's owner and a board-certified permanent-cosmetic-makeup technician with more than 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, dedicates herself to helping clients achieve their beauty goals. In between the permanent-makeup applications that she performs, Kathy spends her time overseeing an authoritative staff of hair stylists, nail specialists, and med-spa technicians. The center brims with such skin-refining hardware as FDA-approved microdermabrasion equipment and a Youth Light 2010 photo-rejuvenation system. Opting for a permanent-makeup application, like working toward an associate's degree at clown college, ensures that eye and lip regions remain colorful for up to two years.